College of Design – Career Week

College of Design Career Week. February 12-16, 2024. in Lawrence Hall

Navigate your career!

Practice your career skills and strategies.                        
Application Processes • Internships • Interviews • Resume Building


Student Fellowship Exploration Day 

Monday, February 12 // 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Hayden Gallery

Learn about incredible opportunities to obtain fellowships and make a difference with representatives of the Oregon Sea GrantPeace Corps, and Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE)

PPPM Panelists

Jenny Engels
Jenny Engels – Oregon Sea Grant
Jenny Engels coordinates Oregon Sea Grant's undergraduate programs and co-leads Oregon Sea Grant's Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion group. She received her Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she then spent 12 years as faculty. Her primary research interests include evidence-based practices for effective STEM instruction, the role of culture and science in supporting undergraduate pathways to four-year degree completion, and community-engaged research.
Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Williams – Peace Corps 

Carolyn is a life-time Eugene resident. She left for college (she earned a BA in English from OSU - don’t hold it against her), but returned right after graduation. Her career, thusfar, has been in education, starting as a pre-school teacher locally, then serving as an English Education volunteer for Peace Corps in Azerbaijan. When she returned from her service, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University and has been working as a teacher (mostly in middle schools) for the past 12 years. Currently Carolyn works at the University Career Center in Tykeson Hall as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter. She is passionate about community service and working to make Eugene a safe and happy place for all residents. She is currently the chair of the Civilian Review Board, which oversees the police oversight process in Eugene.

Photograph of RARE coordinator, Liz Gronert.
Liz Gronert - Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Elizabeth (Liz) Gronert is a Program Coordinator for the RARE Program – completing the dynamic duo with Victoria Binning. She is a two-time RARE AmeriCorps alumna and came to us with several years of experience within the rural tourism arena. She served as a RARE AmeriCorps member from 2017-2019 for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, where she focused on different initiative areas like agritourism, outdoor recreation, events, and regional collaboration. Before joining the RARE Program as a member, Liz spent her life in Iowa – graduating from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) with a background in environmental science and anthropology. Fast forward to today – Liz is full time on the team! She adds so much value with her relationship building strengths, social media prowess, and passion for highlighting in emails. In her role she supports members, leads communication efforts, engages alumni, and manages our Mentor Program. Liz is passionate about zero waste, pie, college basketball, supporting local food systems, and uncovering the best dirty chai’s in Oregon. In her free time you can catch Liz reading, playing with her two huskies, or enjoying her next traveling adventure.

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Career Exploration Day

Wednesday, February 14 // 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Willcox Hearth Cafe

Register (for Headcount)

Conversations w/ BA Alums over Coffee, Tea, and Sweets ----------------------------- 2:30 – 3:50 p.m.

Conversations w/ MA Alums over Coffee, Tea, and Sweets ​​​​​​----------------------------- 4:00 – 5:20 p.m.

Reception ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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SAE Panel Discussions

Thursday, February 15 // 8:20 - 11:00 a.m. @ Willamette 100 and Pacific 123

Emerging Professionals – Truths, trends, and triumphs   
Thursday, February 15 // 8:20 – 9 a.m. @ Willamette 100 

  • Alison Hicks (LPA)
  • Shikha Subramanian (Dahlin)
  • Kevin Concolino (LPA)

Firm Leadership – Servicing clients and leading teams – “The great adventure”   
Thursday, February 15 // 9:05 – 9:45 a.m. @ Willamette 100  

Alternative Career Paths   
Thursday, February 15 // 10 – 11 a.m. @ Pacific 123

Meet our Panelists

Photograph of Sharon Alitema

Sharon Alitema (Colas Construction) is a project engineer at Colas Construction. Alitema is a member of the Terrewode Women’s Fund Board and was previously a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture.

Photograph of Kaarin Knudson

Kaarin Knudson (Eugene Mayoral Candidate), AIA, is a licensed architect, educator, and civic leader with more than 20 years experience advancing sustainable design and community-led solutions. Her projects have earned numerous awards, ranging from AIA design honors to community accolades for unprecedented housing reform. After 10 years in architectural practice, she founded her own design firm and the housing advocacy organization Better Housing Together (BHT) in 2017. She speaks at regional and national conferences about sustainable cities, housing design, and the work of guiding community change. She teaches the graduate urban design workshop in UO's Community and Regional Planning program and she is co-author of a new textbook, The Sustainable Urban Design Handbook (Routledge, April 2024). In 2024, she is a candidate to be the next Mayor of Eugene.

Photograph of Joseph Buccini

Joe Buccini (WJE) specializes in design consulting, assessment, and repair of exterior envelope systems, as well as the restoration, repair, and renovation of historic structures. His experience ranges from peer review services to full building enclosure design for exterior envelope systems and from the creation of feasibility studies to complete survey and repair documents for historic preservation projects. Since joining WJE, Mr. Buccini has participated in various projects, including architectural field investigations, water intrusion investigations, demolition and construction documents for roofing and waterproofing repairs, glass failure investigations and reports, energy modeling for new high- and mid-rise construction, and drawings and specifications at all phases of project development.

Photograph of Gunnar Hubbard

Gunnar Hubbard (Thornton Tomasetti) is a recognized leader in the green building industry in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He has more than two decades of experience as a licensed architect, consultant, educator and sustainability advocate. He collaborates collaborates with colleagues across our 45+ offices, and our sustainability experts who have performed more than 500 LEED, Passive House, WELL, and Living Building Challenge Certifications on all projects around the world. Gunnar specializes in creating high-performance, low-carbon, healthy buildings. He focuses on advancing the firm’s Climate Action initiatives through customized consulting services and client relationships for the combined Sustainability & Resilience Practice. Gunnar was inducted into the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Fellow in 2012 and as an American Institute of Architects Fellow in 2015.

Photograph of Siobhan Rockcastle

Siobhan Rockcastle (Assistant Professor at UO) is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Director of the Baker Lighting Lab, Associate Director of IHBE, Hans Fischer Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at TU Munich, and co-founder of OCULIGHT dynamics, a company offering specialized daylight design support to promote healthy indoor occupation.  She explores topics at the intersection of architectural design, environmental dynamics, human perception, and lighting performance with a focus on well-being.  At the University of Oregon, Siobhan teaches courses on studio design at the graduate and undergraduate levels, environmental design, building simulation, and lighting. Siobhan’s current research uses simulation and virtual reality to model experiential lighting environments and conduct experiments on human health and perception.

Career & Networking Fair

Thursday, February 15 // 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Lawrence Hall

Student Reception -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 – 4 p.m.

Vendor Reception ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 – 6 p.m.

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Career Futures

Friday, February 16 // 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ LA 197

Individual portfolio review and “ask me anything” sessions for students with panelists will follow each panel for one hour in rooms LA 141 & 143 

Product Design Panel Discussion  ----- 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ LA 197

Panelists: Nate Schultze, Joel Swenson, Lindsey Johnson                   
Moderator: Wonhee Arndt 

Individual Portfolio Review Sessions for Students with Product Design Panelists                   
– 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ LA 141 & 143

Product Design Portfolio Review Registration

Art Panel Discussion ​​​​----- 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. @ LA 197

Panelists: Jenna Lechner, Terry Haggerty, Scott Malbaurn, Blake Shell              
Moderator: Anya Kivarkis

Individual “Ask Me Anything” Sessions for Students with Art Panelists                   
– 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. @ LA 141 & 143

Art Ask Me Anything Registration

Art & Technology Panel Discussion ​​​​​​----- 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. @ LA 197

Panelists: Zara Logue, Holly Newlands, Joan Truckenbrod                 
Moderator: Colin Ives 

Individual “Ask Me Anything” Sessions for Students with Art & Technology Panelists                   
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. @ LA 141 & 143

Art & Technology Ask Me Anything Registration

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Participating Professionals

Nate Schultze, BFA ’13, Product Design

Nate Schultze Headshot

Nate Schultze is the ‘Expert Product Designer’ for the Jordan Women’s Footwear team. He began his career at Nike over 10 years ago shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon in 2013 with a BFA in Product Design. In addition to his current role, his footwear experience most notably includes time on Nike’s Innovation team and the Nike Sportswear Men’s team (lifestyle) where he has worked on key franchises like Nike Air Force 1, Nike React, and Air Jordan 1. Outside of work, Nate enjoys playing soccer with his 2 daughters, restoring old BMWs, and binging K-dramas with his wife.




Joel Swenson, BFA ’13, Industrial and Product Design

Joel Swenson photograph.

Joel Swenson is Lead Softgoods Designer at Moment Inc., a design-driven company focused on tech and mobile photography products. He started his career in the consulting world 10+ years ago, giving him the opportunity to hone his skills working on a wide range of products, across many industries. For the last 6 years, he has been designing everyday, outdoor, cycling, and photography bags for multiple brands. At the same time, he started and built the softgoods category at Moment Inc. When not at work, you can find him mountain biking, skiing, reading, or running with his dog Fred.




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Moderator: Wonhee Arndt


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Jenna Lechner, BFA '10, Printmaking

Jenna Lechner Headshot

Jenna Lechner is an illustrator based in Portland, OR. She has worked as a professional illustrator for the last 10+ years. Working in watercolor and ink, she creates whimsical, nature-inspired illustraDons, which explore issues around the environment and how humans create a sense of place. She loves to create maps, paGerns, and educaDonal materials. Jenna’s illustraDons have been featured on a wide range of projects, including: staDonery, adverDsements, books, retail store window displays, packaging, and more. Some previous clients include: Adobe, Facebook, Starbucks, Travel Oregon, and Timber Press. You can find her work on Instagram @jennamlechner, and on her website:


Terry Haggerty, BA Hons '92 (Cheltenham School of Art – UK), Painting

Terry Haggerty Headshot

Terry Haggerty (Born 1970 in London), recently moved to Eugene in 2022 from Europe after spending 12 years in Berlin and Santa Marinella, Italy. 

He is represented By Sikkema, Jenkins & Co, NY, Von Bartha, Basel, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art GmbH, Frankfurt & F.S Art, Bodensee, Germany. 

He has exhibited widely at galleries and museums around the world, including Sikkema Jenkins, New York; Max Hetzler, Berlin; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; and PS1, Long Island City. Commissions include wall drawings for Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Munich Re, London, Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis and private collections in the US and Europe. Haggerty is the recipient of several awards including the For-Site Foundation Award (2009), John Anson Kittredge Award (2003); and the Natwest Art Prize (1999). 

He Is best known for creating paintings, drawings, and large-scale wall drawings that expand the vocabulary of abstraction: he combines the reductive elements of Minimalism with the phenomenological approaches of Op Art in a new way. In their reduction to what is mostly monochrome color and their formal simplification, Haggerty's varying line/stripe combinations oscillate between the planimetric structure of the surface and the illusory perception of three-dimensionality. The incredible precision of Haggerty's handiwork is also responsible for the impressive effect of his pictures with an appearance of quasi-mechanical perfection. Transcend presents the artist’s oeuvre from the late nineties to the present and represents his ingenious synthesis of Minimal Art’s striving towards a conceptual order and Op Art’s prosaic play with perception and the illusion.


Scott Malbaurn, MFA '04 (Pratt Institute), Painting

Image of Scott Malbaurn next to his painting

Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. Serving both an academic and community audience, the Schneider Museum of Art builds a challenging environment that engages with the visual arts through exhibitions and programs supporting interdisciplinary study, research, and discourse. Malbaurn is responsible for overall curatorial, administration, planning, policy, and budget development and management of the Museum.

As an artist, Malbaurn has exhibited his work internationally with most exhibitions in New York, NY. Malbaurn has held positions at Pratt Institute serving as the Assistant Chairperson of Fine Arts and Professor of Drawing and Painting. Malbaurn has also held positions at the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in the Curatorial and Collections Department and Design Department. He has lectured and been a visiting artist at Yale University, New Haven, CT; the School of the Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY; School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL, and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He has received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Malbaurn is a descendant of the Narragansett Indian Tribe and the Nipmuc Tribe.


Blake Shell, MFA (Savanna College of Art and Design [SCAD]), Photography

Photograph of Blake Shell

Blake Shell is a curator and arts administrator living in Portland, Oregon. Exhibitions that Shell has curated have received reviews regionally as well as in's Critic's Picks and Daily Serving. Currently, Shell works at Oregon Contemporary as the executive and artistic director, providing leadership and artistic direction. She has recently overseen a strategic growth plan and rebrand – increasing programming with a focus on support for the artists; increasing audiences and outreach to the community; and greater diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion throughout the organization.


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Moderator: Anya Kivarkis


Zara Logue, MFA '07 (California College of Arts), Design

Zara Logue Headshot

Zara has worked with organizations of various sizes as a UX Research leader, including GitHub and the famed/failed Portland-based fintech startup Simple, to help them better understand their customers and build products that speak to their needs. She has been involved with the Oregon design community since 2007 as an instructor, speaker, and mentor. She is currently a Principal UX Researcher at Zillow.


Holly Newlands, BFA '20, Art & Technology

Holly Newlands Headshot

Holly Newlands (then/them) is an artist and developer who makes games and other playful experiences. Their work has been exhibited at shows including Currents Virtual, A MAZE. BERLIN, Indiecade, XOXO, and Sundance's New Frontiers. After graduating from UO, Holly worked at Glowbox for two years. Since then, they have been working as a freelance game developer from their home studio in Portland, Oregon. They are currently working on a VR game called Diatribes with Most Ancient about grappling with anxieties evoked by climate change.


Joan Truckenbrod, MFA ’80 (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Generative Systems

Joan Truckenbrod Headshot

Joan Truckenbrod’s artwork is at the threshold of the digital realm and materiality. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, including the Programmed Exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Coded exhibit at LACMA. Collections including her artwork are The Whitney, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Block Museum of Art, AKG Buffalo, the V & A Museum in London, and private collections. Her work is represented by the RCM Galerie in Paris. She is Professor Emeritus in the Art and Technology Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Moderator: Colin Ives

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